|Vancouver Island Diving Delights|
Posted by Merry on October 15, 2014 at 15:26:07:|
Our first international, cold-water trip began at Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
An aside: Pacific Coastal Airlines services Port Hardy from Vancouver. When making reservations for this trip, also purchase a baggage seat for dive gear and photographic equipment. Small plane - strict weight restrictions, but a friendly, helpful company, and very pleasant travel.
The picturesque town of Port Hardy (pop. 4,500) is a 10 min. walk from the Quarterdeck Marina.
This diving may not be for everyone. I can't lie - it's cold; most dives were ~47 degrees. Captain Tim organized our dives according to the flood and ebb of the tidal stream, which could pick up quickly and become very strong. We usually ended our dives hanging onto bull kelp, waiting for the boat to pick us up. Bull kelp is a wonderland unto itself!
ALL NEW-TO-ME NUDIS
Orange peel slug the size of a sneaker, Tochuina tetraquetra
Dirona albolineata, peach form
Oh so tiny Eubranchus sanjuanensis
Serpula columbiana, the pinkest one I've ever seen.
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